wind chilly and shoeboxes

It’s been very cold here in Denver the last few days. Yesterday we woke up to snow and some super cold hard wind. It’s always windy here in Denver….well, usually…heh….but when it gets very cold the wind becomes more then just wind, it becomes the dreaded “wind chill”. hehe I love how windy Denver is, but yes, the wind chill factor definitely makes the cold more freezing.

I listened to a Christmas CD at work yesterday. It was lovely. :) Lindsey and I got it at a Goodwill store near us for $2 a couple months ago. The CD is called A Crooner’s Christmas, so I got to enjoy the sounds of frank sinatra and bing crosby and several other great old crooners. Somehow christmas songs sound a little more magical sometimes when they’re being crooned. ;D

So, last night’s adventure was a trip to the Operation Christmas Child processing center here in Colorado.

Have you ever volunteered for this organization before? What fun! Lindsey and I drove out to the processing center and spent our evening inspecting shoe boxes full of goodies being sent around the world to children of all different ages for Christmas. What an exciting project to get to be a part of! The people who run this program are going for a goal of 8.2 million shoe boxes to collect and send overseas to children ages 2-14. And that doesn’t include the 5.6 million boxes they give out to children here in the U.S.!

I just love this ministry. (to check it out you can go here http://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/OCC/ ) It’s so special to stand in an assembly line with other volunteers and sort through the boxes to make sure all the items are approved for children. While looking through the boxes, I got to think about how each child receiving those presents will squeal with joy when he or she opens the shoebox! That’s a pretty awesome thing to think about for hours. :D We all stopped and prayed over the boxes we were processing as well, which also found me sending up a plea to God that the children that receive the boxes will find Jesus and be blessed. All in all it was a fabulously fun little adventure to start the Christmas season in the right mindset. We have so much to be thankful for, and no matter who we are, we have SO much to give to others! Whether it’s time, money, our prayers, our presence….giving is the greatest thing about Christmas. :) I mean, hey, God started it!

So today and tomorrow I’m off of work, which gives me some time to do some more Christmas shopping and just enjoy some rest time! We’ve got some exciting little adventures planned this week! I get my haircut on Thursday (which considering how long it is, and the fact that it has no style, and hasn’t been cut in forever is an adventure for me :P) and Friday (and Saturday!) is the Parade of Lights in Denver!! On Sunday we’re trekking out to a nearby national forest to find and cut down a Christmas tree! Christmas fun doesn’t get much more adventurous than that in my book! :D

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Happy Thanksgiving!

What a wonderful holiday yesterday! Lindsey and I spent every moment of the day doing exactly what we wanted to do and everything turned out better than I could have imagined. We made several of our favorite dishes, cooked a turkey for the first time, enjoyed the cold windy beautiful day by taking a drive, and ended the day with the first Christmas movie of the year. :) I am so proud of our thanksgiving dinner! Everything turned out perfectly despite the fact that we’d never cooked most of it before. It was so delicious and such a special fun memory for us to create! I, of course, took some pictures of the feast starting with the free turkey we received and mastered :D

What a beauty! I managed to make some pretty darn delicious gravy though I’d never made it before and didn’t know how :P

Also made a pumpkin pie for the first time and it was so so good!!

I still gotta work on getting the crust even around the outside. :D  The entire feast!

Wow, it was just so amazing. And we have lots of left overs, of course, so I get to keep reliving its wonder for a while. :D

Before our feast we went for a drive near the mountains and tried to go for a little walk as well. It was so so cold and so windy that we didn’t make it far! But the view was amazing as usual!

And we were so cold!

It was super fun!

All in all, it was one of the best thanksgiving days ever. And I am so thankful! :D Happy Thanksgiving weekend to everyone!

activity

Have you ever looked in the events section of your newspaper? I’m astounded at the number of activities out there going on in my city from day to day. Some of the activities look like great adventures and totally random things to try out! So, I’m going to try to keep an eye on the Denver Post and see if we can find something crazy, unusual, and inspiring to do in my city.

As for today, none of the activities going on in my city appeal to me…are they all boring? Not a big deal? Maybe wait for the weekend? No, not really…in fact there is an artist doing improv painting in a gallery not too far from here, which I think would be delightful to see. (ever seen someone paint in front of other people? fascinating stuff!) But no, my lack of desire is completely because I’m sick.

Ugh.

Again? Yes….it happens a lot when you work with children. And I am feeling it today. I still came to work, and it’s been pitiful because my little charge and I don’t feel like doing much of anything. He’s got the same bug as me, so I have a fever and a horribly painful cough, and he just got steroid shots this morning, which has put him in a strange mood that I didn’t really expect. All he wants to do is lay down, or sleep, or lay down some more and make pitiful noises every once in a while. I would prefer to sleep as well, but that will have to wait until tonight. So I decided to google “what to do when you’re sick”, and my search turned up some pretty silly things. In Yahoo.com’s Associated Content section, the writer suggests reading, writing, and whining like a baby. :P

Other suggestions on Yahoo! Answers involved baths, and calling friends, and making collages, and painting your nails, and again….milking it by requiring everyone to wait on you hand and foot. Good suggestions I suppose, but all I feel like doing is….sleeping and maybe some sleeping and, oh yeah, more sleeping.

One suggestion made me roll my eyes…”write a novel”…yeah! cause that’s an easy thing to do and everybody wants to sit down and write a novel when they feel like horse doodie, can’t stop coughing, and have snot running out of their noses like somebody turned on a faucet in their brains!

I’m just sayin…

I’m off to find some snack food for little BenBen, and then we’re just going to do next to nothing. Thank you very much.

:)

work

So my blogs have been a little more sparse as of late because of work. Work work work! I love it, but when I get home I’m so tired that I feel like I don’t do very much of anything at all. Is this normal for a 26 year old? I doubt it, but I haven’t discovered the root of my exhaustion problems yet. I know I need to take the step to get to the doctor, but I am just too broke! :P

In other news, Lindsey has 3 days off around thanksgiving, and I am super excited about that! Creating our own special version of the holiday is the biggest adventure planned for next week. I’m going to try to make a pumpkin pie! I’ve never made one, so it should be an exciting new thing to try. :)

I think I’m fighting a cold today as I can’t seem to stop coughing, my head feels like a truck ran over it, and all I want to do is sleep! I’ve spent a lot of time doing the latter activity today, and I think I’ll get back to it here in a minute. Before I go though, I have to share a most hilarious sight that I witnessed at the store what seemed like a couple days ago (of course now that it’s almost thanksgiving it was more like a couple weeks ago…how time flies!)…

I mean…way to sell a snuggie…right? :P

More adventures to come as I’m finally getting in the groove of the new job and have set time for blogging! I’ve decided to start researching and featuring some cool new adventures other people are doing and hopefully we’ll discover some brilliant stories being told and lived out there! I would love to have you share an adventure you’re up to with me. :) Maybe it will give me inspiration for my next adventure! I get so excited about every random, exciting, unique, challenging tidbit I can read about, watch, listen to, or do!

 

For now it’s back to my head on the pillow and hopefully I’ll be recharged for a new week! It looks like a promising week ahead :)